Today you should read: Deuteronomy 31:14-22
This moment in scripture is special; it is the passing of the torch. The Lord was with Moses, and now He promises to be with Joshua as well. When we think of the charge and commission of Joshua, what fills most of our minds is Joshua 1. But you really see the commencement in our reading today:
And the LORD commissioned Joshua the son of Nun and said, “Be strong and courageous, for you shall bring the people of Israel into the land that I swore to give them. I will be with you.” (Deuteronomy 31:23 ESV)
No doubt that this torch was passed because of the faithfulness of Nun, and most definitely because of Moses. You never know who you will impact. Moses, who was as unqualified as anyone, ended up leading a nation out of slavery. It wasn’t on his own though. God gave him an incredible heritage. People invested in him. He was shaped and mentored.
NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE IMPACT YOU CAN HAVE ON ONE LIFE.
I’ve been thinking of this a lot lately because of my recent trip to Zimbabwe. The opportunity that I had to be with those kids and teachers may never amount to much… or they could impact a nation for the Kingdom of Jesus. I’ll never know, and I am good with that. I want to leave you with a story of profound impact that Jason Young wrote:
Have you ever asked yourself, “What could I possibly do that matters?” You are not alone. I have asked myself that question more than once. Let me introduce you to seven people who were ALL influenced by another person.
It all started with a guy from Boston.
EDWARD KIMBALL led a small group at his church when he met a challenging teenager. That seventeen-year-old young man was poorly educated and prone to outbursts of anger and profanity.
DWIGHT L. MOODY. He became the “greatest” evangelist of the nineteenth century. He was instrumental in the life-change experienced by a young man.
F.B. MEYER. He became a minister. He mentored a young man.
J.W. CHAPMAN. He became a pastor and evangelist. He also started an outreach to professional baseball players. There he influenced a young man.
BILLY SUNDAY. He became one of the greatest evangelists in the first two decades of the twentieth century. He influenced a young man who eventually came back to work with him.
MORDECAI HAM. He became a preacher. He was preaching when a teenager responded to the invitation “to give your life to Jesus Christ.”
BILLY GRAHAM. He has influenced more people than any other preacher in history. He remains a trusted confidant to presidents and other key influencers.
Do the best you can where you are, with what you have, for a purpose that is greater than yourself. You can be someone worthwhile. You can do something that matters.
Posted: Todd Thomas